The Android OS creator Cyanogen has announced that it plans to reduce its dependance on Google. Cyanogen's CEO Kirk McMaster has expressed many controversial comments regarding Google and Samsung and now he plans push Android toward becoming more open and less reliant on Google's control. He made his intentions clear at The Information's San Fransisco event titled "The Next Phase of Android."
We’re making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don’t get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android.
McMaster argued that a service like Google Now is integrated into the core of OS in a way that third party developers cannot. His value proposition is that companies that wish to partner with Cyanogen would have deeper access and wouldn't be restricted by Google. Android Central's Bogdan Petrovan made the observation that Cyanogen is positioning itself as a platform.
Though Cyanogen's new strategy might anger Google, it doesn't matter because the company plans to be free of the tech giant's grasp.
We’ve barely scratched the surface in regards to what mobile can be. Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not. We will not be based on some derivative of Google in three to five years. There will be services that are doing the same old bulls— with Android, and then there will be something different. That is where we’re going here.”
When we think of Android, we often associate it with Google. Whether the user has a Samsung, HTC, LG, or Motorola device, the Google apps are included because those manufacturers have entered Google's Handset Alliance. The Google brand is always present. As a result, when Google (or other companies) release market share numbers for Android, we assume all these devices are running a version that has been blessed by Google. This is not the case. In fact, there are many non-Google variants of Android - upwards of 20 percent of all Android phones sold. Companies like Xiaomi - a hugely popular Chinese OEM - makes a very elegant variant of Android that is sold throughout Asia. Cyanogen looks like it aims to become one of these outliers. McMaster revealed that Cyanogen wants to give users access to alternative app stores and services.
This is an enormous challenge. Cyanogen has worked to include Google apps on consumer devices (such as the One Plus One) that ship with their version of the OS. How they can retain this relationship with Google and release a competitor is unknown. That being said, Samsung - which is arguably the most successful Android OEM - has its own services and it has been playing with the idea of release its Tizen competitor.
Source: Android Central